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Team KGA Notches Another Win in the Challenge Cup with 15-9 Victory

The Challenge Cup once presented by FootJoy again belongs to the Kentucky Golf Association. Kentucky’s top amateurs defeated the Kentucky PGA Section’s top Professionals on Tuesday at The Club at Olde Stone with a 15-9 victory. The competition began in the morning with a session of Four-Ball followed by Foursomes matches. In the afternoon, twelve Singles matches completed the competition with each player taking on another member of the opposite team in head-to-head fashion.

FOUR-BALL SUMMARY: The day began in a stalemate with both Team KGA and Team KPGA winning three matches in the opening session. These nine-hole matches were contested on Olde Stone’s front nine.

Yarmuth/Smith (Team KGA) defeated Cox/McDowell (Team KPGA) 2 UP.
Graves/Iceman (Team KPGA) defeated Boland/Campbell (Team KGA) 1 UP.
Waldie/Ray (Team KGA) defeated Stith/Schuler (Team KPGA) 4&3.
Roberts/King (Team KGA) defeated Walters/Utley (Team KPGA 3&1.
Gary/Huffman (Team KPGA) defeated Bowlin/Hatfield (Team KGA) 1 UP.
Costello/Downs (Team KPGA) defeated Epperson/Johnston (Team KGA) 1 UP.

FOURSOMES SUMMARY: Team KGA built a commanding 8-4 lead in the competition by recording at least half a point in each match of this alternate-shot session. This was the only session of the day played on the facility’s back nine.

Yarmuth/Smith (Team KGA) defeated Cox/McDowell (Team KPGA) 2&1.
Boland/Campbell (Team KGA) TIED Graves/Iceman (Team KPGA).
Waldie/Ray (Team KGA) defeated Stith/Schulter (Team KPGA) 3 &1.
King/Roberts (Team KGA) defeated Walters/Utley (Team KGA) 2 &1.
Bowlin/Hatfield (Team KGA) TIED Gary/Huffman (Team KPGA).
Epperson/Johnston (Team KGA) defeated Costello/Downs (Team KPGA) 3&2.

SINGLES SUMMARY: Needing only four points to retain the Challenge Cup, the amateurs clinched the victory with another session victory by winning Singles 7-5 and built on their overall lead to cap off a dominant performance in Bowling Green. These matches were played on the front nine.

Cox (Team KPGA) defeated Ray (Team KGA) 2&1.
King (Team KGA) defeated Stith (Team KPGA) 2 UP.
Epperson (Team KGA) TIED McDowell (Team KPGA).
Roberts (Team KGA) TIED Iceman (Team KPGA).
Huffman (Team KPGA) defeated Hatfield (Team KGA) 3&2.
Costello (Team KPGA) defeated Waldie (Team KGA) 1 UP.
Boland (Team KGA) defeated Utley (Team KPGA) 2&1.
Yarmuth (Team KGA) defeated Downs (Team KPGA) 1 UP.
Bowlin (Team KGA) TIED Walters (Team KPGA).
Smith (Team KGA) defeated Graves (Team KPGA) 3&1.
Campbell (Team KGA) defeated Schuler (Team KPGA) 2&1.
Johnston (Team KGA) TIED Gary (Team KPGA).

“I am extremely proud of each of my players,” Team KGA Captain Dave Nicholas said after the competition. “Each of them represents the Kentucky Golf Association extremely well and it was a pleasure leading them today. I want to also congratulate the KPGA Professionals on their performance today. They represent the Section wonderfully and it was an honor to go up against them at a great facility like The Club at Olde Stone.”

The Kentucky Golf Association and Kentucky PGA Section extend thanks to The Club at Olde Stone for providing their golf course as host to this year’s competition. Once again, each Association’s players demonstrated great golf and phenomenal sportsmanship in this annual edition of celebrating Kentucky golf. Additonally, thanks to FootJoy for providing today's uniforms and being the tournament's presenting sponsor. Congrats to Team KGA on their victory!

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